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How many lbs does a baby have to weigh before leaving the hospital?

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: It depends

A baby of normal birth weight and full term can be released as soon as feeding is established.
A preterm baby can be expected to be discharged near the due date. Some doctors like babies to be at least 4 pounds to leave hospital. Always follow the advice of the infant's doctor. Congratulations on your new baby!

In brief: It depends

A baby of normal birth weight and full term can be released as soon as feeding is established.
A preterm baby can be expected to be discharged near the due date. Some doctors like babies to be at least 4 pounds to leave hospital. Always follow the advice of the infant's doctor. Congratulations on your new baby!
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